El-Kretsen is the Swedish nationwide compliance scheme for consumer and B2B products. Founded in 2001, it was initiated by 20 trade associations as a not-for-profit service organisation, to serve all importers and manufacturers obligated by extended producer responsibility, to take back electrical and electronic products.
El-Kretsen’s collection system includes over 2600 collection points. As a complement to this it is also possible for 1,5 million household to return their electrical waste close to the household. Twenty logistic partners are used, all of them certified. The products are sorted in 7 fractions at the collection sites (fridges/freezers, large white goods, small and medium sized electrical products, televisions and monitors, fluorescent tubes, lightning and portable batteries.
Treatment plants are selected on the basis of competitive tender (quality, price and location are considered). For 2011, 32 plants in Sweden, Finland and Norway have been awarded contracts.